International Homeless Animals’ Day

A New Website For The New Year . . . And Beyond

i Feb 5th

ISAR is pleased to announce that we’ve just completed a major revision of our website, www.isaronline.org.

ISAR’s professional designers have been at work for months creating a modern, user-friendly site. Our new website is now easy to navigate from PC’s, laptops, smart phones, and tablets.

Our new site will enable ISAR’s current supporters, and the many who will join us in the future, to easily follow our major programs, current volunteer opportunities, latest news and more!

We welcome your comments, and assure our current supporters and those who will join us in working for animal rights that ISAR will not stint in helping those who cannot help themselves.

ISAR Volunteers

i Dec 30th

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP ANIMALS!

ISAR Volunteers

The United States of America is known as a volunteer society. The annual dollar amount of private charity is astronomical, and the number of hours spent by Americans in volunteer activities is incalculable.

Physicians donate their services, lawyers represent indigent clients pro bono, retirees visit nursing homes, scouts clean up neighborhoods — and so it goes throughout the country.

Several years ago ISAR solicited volunteers to assist us in our animal rights activities, and we repeat that request now.

ISAR volunteers in their own neighborhoods and states — acting as ISAR’s eyes, ears, and often our voice — perform many functions. Among other activities, they distribute ISAR Reports, attempt to have elected officials introduce ISAR-drafted legislation, write ISAR-generated letters-to-the-editor, introduce ISAR’s public service announcements to radio and television stations, organize ISAR’s annual International Homeless Animals Day vigils, and generate interest in ISAR’s highway billboards. And more.

Individuals interested in becoming ISAR volunteers need only review the volunteer options listed HERE, choose their areas of interest, and contact us.

A SILVER LINING FOR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE “FISCAL CLIFF” LAW

i Jan 17th

Unnoticed while the smoke cleared from the “fiscal cliff” is an important provision.

The “IRA Charitable Rollover” has been reinstated for 2012 taxes.

This means that if you are 70½ years or older, you may donate up to $100,000 from your traditional or Roth IRA (any 501(c)(3) should be so lucky!) directly to ISAR until January 31, 2013. Your contribution will count against your mandatory 2012 IRA withdrawal, and the amount of your contribution can be a 2012 charitable deduction.

Please consult your personal financial advisor for confirmation and to obtain more specifics.

Oh yes! – there’s another benefit: you’ll be helping ISAR carry on its work in furthering animal rights.

ADVANCING THE INTERESTS OF ANIMALS v. CITY OF INDIO, ET AL.

i Dec 10th

ISAR wants to call your attention to a lawsuit filed recently in the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, Indio Division. It is entitled ADVANCING THE INTERESTS OF ANIMALS v. CITY OF INDIO, ET AL., Case Number INC 1207510. The attorney for Petitioner is Diane C. Blasdel of the Rancho Mirage law firm Ealy, Hemphill & Blasdel, LLP.
The action seeks mandate, declaratory judgment and a temporary and permanent injunction in connection with acts of commission and failures to act at the Indio, California, animal shelter which are alleged to violate several California statutes.

ISAR wholeheartedly supports the lawsuit’s goals.

For more information please click HERE.

Rodeos and Reality

i Mar 14th

As ISAR’s supporters know, our principal mission is to use law, legislation and education to benefit companion animals.

That said, however, our friends at Desert Paws in Palm Springs, California have put together a brief video in aid of their attempt to prevent that city from allowing a rodeo to be held there.

In doing so, albeit for a limited purpose, they have created a weapon that can be used throughout the United States–indeed, worldwide–for those like Desert Paws and ISAR who oppose the brutal, savage abuse of animals which is misleadingly labeled “entertainment.”

WARNING: The video contains shocking and upsetting pictures of equine and livestock abuse, which are hard to take.

Welcome News

i Apr 29th

ISAR’s accountants have recently provided us with our organization 2009 certified financial statement and tax return. We’re pleased to report that although 2009 contributions to ISAR have fallen below our expectations, a problem most not-for-profits have suffered from during the past few years, the shortfall was considerably less than we had anticipated and planned for. ISAR remains on a sound financial footing, and with the continued support of those who understand what we’re doing to ease the suffering of animals we’ll stay the course. (Accordingly, it will no longer be necessary for us to charge even a modest fee for the materials we provide.)

ISAR Interviews Lt. Col. Mark Eichelman

i Mar 25th

On March 18, 2010, ISAR Chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer interviewed Lt. Col. Mark Eichelman about his recent article in 16 Animal Law 153 (2009) entitled “Ringling Brothers on Trial: Circus Elephants and the Endangered Species Act,” which discusses the dismissed case against Ringling Brothers circus for allegedly abusing the elephants it exhibits. Much of the Holzer – Eichelman discussion centers around the legal problem of “standing to sue” — that is, who is entitled to bring a case against humans on behalf of animals.

According to Lt. Col. Eichelman, “organizations almost have to go through gymnastics to try to find someone to meet ‘standing’ requirements where the elephants are the ones being harmed on a daily basis. If we believe the allegations out there it doesn’t matter, you have to find a human being who is suffering as a result to the harm being done to the elephants.”

The full text version of Lt. Col. Eichelman’s text itself, “Ringling Brothers on Trial: Circus Elephants and the Endangered Species Act,” may be purchased from LexisNexis HERE.

ISAR Interviews Elizabeth DeCoux

i Mar 22nd

As an adjunct to ISAR’s other legal programs on behalf of animal rights we have instituted a program of commentary and interviews by ISAR Chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer.

Interviews will be available for download as they become available.

On March 11, 2010, Professor Holzer interviewed Elizabeth DeCoux of Florida Coastal Law School about her recent article in Volume 16 of the Animal Law Review (2009) entitled, “Speaking for the Modern Prometheus: The Significance of Animal Suffering to the Abolition Movement,” which explores the distinction between “Abolitionists” and “Welfarists,” and argues strongly that each movement could benefit from understanding, and even utilizing, techniques employed by the other.

According to Ms. DeCoux, “Neither welfare nor abolition has gotten us very far despite all the good and hard work.” While discussing her article with Professor Holzer, Ms. DeCoux expressed her hope that her article “will shake things loose a little bit and give people some new ideas about directions we should go in.” She goes on to say, “maybe we can take the goals of abolition and pair it with the tools of welfare and see if that can do these animals some good.”

The full text version of Ms. DeCoux’s article itself, “Speaking for the Modern Prometheus: The Significance of Animal Suffering to the Abolition Movement,” may be purchased from LexisNexis HERE.

Putting animal offenders on a par with sex offenders.

i Mar 15th

California has often led the way in animal protection legislation, although the Golden State’s attempt to enact a mandatory spay/neuter law a few legislative sessions ago was unsuccessful (for ISAR’s opposition to that bill because of its loopholes, see OUR MONOGRAPH).

Proposition 2 in 2008 mandated more space for confined livestock animals (though the law accepted the premise that some confinement followed by slaughter was acceptable).

In 2008, California was the first jurisdiction in the United States to prohibit cutting off dairy cows’ tails, a cruel practice, among others, designed to facilitate milking.

Now, the State Senate’s majority leader, Democrat Dean Florez, who also serves as chairman of that body’s Food and Agriculture Committee, has introduced legislation providing for an “animal abuser registry” which would mimic the sex offender registry found in California and elsewhere. Conviction of an animal cruelty felony would result, in addition to other penalties provided by law, in posting of the offender’s name, photograph and other information on the Internet.

While ISAR has not seen the current bill, nor can know the actual language which may survive the legislative process and constitute the final draft (and thus reserve our right to oppose it), we support the current proposal in principle for at least two reasons. First, it does not break much new ground because states already maintain various publically-accessible registries, from lists of nail salon licensees to arsonists and sex offenders nor does it invade the oft-invoked “right” to “privacy.” Second, under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States each state retains the power to legislate in furtherance of the public health, safety, welfare and morals–and a publicly-accessible felony animal-abuser registry falls squarely within that power.

Animal Rights Books for Sale

i Nov 2nd

ISAR has for sale a limited number of historically important books on the subject of animal rights. Individuals or organizations interested in purchasing books, either singly or in quantity, should Click Here and provide either an email address or telephone number so that an ISAR representative can take the order. Descriptions of each book, and the price per single copy (shipping and handling costs are added), are as follows:

Animals’ Rights, Considered in Relation to Social Progress
By Henry S. Salt
Preface by Professor Peter Singer

Originally published in 1892, Salt’s classic Animal Rights, Considered in Relation to Social Progress was rescued from obscurity by ISAR and republished in 1980. The book is, in the words of Professor Singer’s Preface, “the best of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century works on the rights of animals.” ($5.00, hardcover)

The Struggle for Animal Rights
By Professor Tom Regan
Introduction by Colman McCarthy

Published by ISAR in 1987 and dedicated to its founder–the late “Helen Jones who understood animal rights before the rest of us”–Regan’s book provides a clear statement of the animal activists’ agenda–what they must do, where it should be pursued, and how they can succeed. ($3.00, softcover)

The Extended Circle
By Jon Wynne-Tyson

Lauding the author’s anthology of humane thought–which contains commentary by personages from St. Francis of Assisi to William Wordsworth–Professor Peter Singer noted that it is “a marvelous collection of material which will bring encouragement and inspiration to every compassionate reader,” while Professor Regan said that “this remarkable book should become the bible of all concerned with humane education and the concept of animal rights.” ($7.00 hardcover)

Christianity and the Rights of Animals
By Andrew Linzey

It is no secret that that the Biblical and Christian view of animals was that they did not possess any rights that humans were obliged to respect. In this book, the author–Chaplain and Director of Studies at the Center for the Study of Theology, University of Essex–presents a comprehensive and well-argued theological case for the rights of animals, offering a challenging critique of modern insensitivy toward animal life. ($3.00 softcover)

All Heaven in a Rage
By E.S. Turner

In the nature of a factual/intellectual expose, this book describes how the British nation was led and forced into showing some compassion to certain animals. It illuminates the philosophical, legislative, and social components of that struggle. As one of the book’s endorsers wrote, “it ends once and for all the smug myth that the British are the only nation that loves animals and that the only people who are cruel to them are foreigners.” ($3.00, softcover)

The Duty of Mercy, and the
Sin of Cruelty to Brute Animals
By Humphrey Primatt
Richard D. Ryder (ed.)

Humphrey Primatt, a clergyman, lived in the Eighteenth Century and was among the first to address the issue of animal rights. Richard D. Ryder discovered Primatt’s book in 1976 in an Oxford library. In Ryder’s Introduction to it, he writes that “with unprecedented clarity, [here] was a complete book devoted to the moral treatment of animals and composed by a mind comprehensible to my own. This little known doctor of divinity displayed in the 1770s remarkable similar thoughts to those Peter Singer, Tom Regan . . . Andrew Linzey, myself and others had recently been expressing in the 1970s.” ($3.00, softcover)

Moral Inquiries on the
Situation of Man and of Brutes
Lewis Gompertz
Peter Singer (ed.)

Lewis Gompertz (1779-1825) was, among his activities on behalf of animals, a founding member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Great Britain. In Professor Peter Singer’s Preface to Gompertz’s book, he writes that “Gompertz was an authentic pioneering exponent of the set of ideas that, a century and a half later, have been taken up by the animal liberation movement.” ($3.00, softcover).